http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-railroad-accident-attorneys-va-fela-injury-lawyers-wv.cfm. Rick Shapiro, an experienced railroad worker injury/FELA lawyer in Virginia sat down and talked with his law partner about some of the unique features of the Safety Appliance Act. The Act sets forth how train cars need to have proper steps, handholds, and so forth. If a rail worker suffered an injury from one of these components, there is no need to prove that the employer actually knew about the defect. Under the Safety Appliance Act, the rail worker can still recover damages.